Benoît Mandelbrot (1924-2010); Fractal pioneer spoke at Nobel Conference in 1990

Posted on October 17th, 2010 by

The New York Times has an obituary for Benoît Mandelbrot, the pioneer of fractal geometry, who is dead at 85. From the Gustavus viewpoint, he can be remembered as a speaker at the 1990 Nobel Conference on the topic “Chaos: The New Science”. Unlike recent Nobel Conferences with lectures preserved as archived video, Mandelbrot’s lecture is preserved as the first chapter, “Fractals” in the book Professor John Holte (the conference chair) edited. It was then revised (more colorfully, and under the more colorful title “A Geometry Able to Include Mountains and Clouds”) in the book “The Colours of Infinity: The Beauty and Power of Fractals”.


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